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We know twin brothers Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan are characters.

But this story from The Buffalo News takes it to another level.

The setting: Southwestern Oklahoma State, where the now-Buffalo Bills and former New York Jets head coach and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator were both playing football.

The situation: Rob had a date, and he wanted Rex to be his wingman.

We'll let The Buffalo News' Tim Graham and the Ryan brothers take it from here:

Rex wasn't down for the mission because he'd already met Micki, the woman he would marry.

Rob: "I was a solo rider and had a babe on the line. But she had a friend. I said, 'You know, come on. Be a team player.'"

Rex: "I said, 'Dude, I'm staying at home today.'"

Rob: "So after a few hundred beers I said, 'You need to help out.' He didn't, so I was pissed and got in a wrestling match with him. I think he was a lot more sober than I was."

Rex: "I was bigger and was just going to throw his ass down. But he reversed me and got on top. So we went at it. We ended up outside, and here he comes."

Rob: "I ran after him, and he had a right hand waiting for me. I never saw it coming. Still haven't seen it."

Rex: "I got him good, and it was over. I felt terrible. I couldn't believe I hit my brother like that."

Rex was furious and, as keeper of the car key, drove off to clear his head. Tatters of a bloody shirt hung off him.

"I get pulled over by a cop. He sees me and doesn't know what he's got," Rex said with a gleaming-white smile. "I said, 'I just got in a fight with my brother. You can take me back there, and he'll explain it.'

"They take me to jail and then called my brother. He said, 'Nah, leave him in there.' "

Rob's ankle was broken during the wrestling portion of the match, and his nose broken during the boxing portion. When they arrived in New Orleans for Super Bowl week, Rob's ankle was in a cast. "We both had black eyes," Rob said. Buddy [Ryan, their father, who was days away from leading the Chicago Bears' defense in the team's Super Bowl XX win] wasn't amused.

Now, we had heard the brawl story before. But not, to our knowledge, at this level of detail.

In short: Just more evidence of Ryans being Ryans.

Read the rest of the Ryan brothers profile in The Buffalo News.

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Three unbeatens left in NFL

We're three whole weeks into the 2014 NFL season, and only three teams haven't lost. The final unbeatens: Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles, all winning teams from 2013, but none exactly thought to be sure-fire contenders before the season. On the other end, a host of playoff teams from last season are just 1-2. What do you make of it all?

Which 3-0 team is most for real?

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  • The Bengals (at NE on Oct. 5), Cardinals (at DEN on Oct. 5) and Eagles (at SF next Sunday) are 3-0. How many teams will make it to 4-0?

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  • Are the Bengals (3-0) legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Will the Cardinals (3-0) make the playoffs?

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  • If you were an Eagles fan, how would you feel about the team's 3-0 start despite trailing by 10-plus points in each game?

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  • Which of these 1-2 teams has been most disappointing?

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  • Which team from last season's Super Bowl is more likely to return this season?

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NFL Week 2 questions

The NFL's second week has come and gone, and both Washingtons made big news. The D.C. version saw its team lose quarterback Robert Griffin III to an ankle injury -- but win in big fashion anyway behind Kirk Cousins. The team from the state of Washington, meanwhile, was stunned in a 30-21 loss to the Chargers, with cornerback Richard Sherman being called out by San Diego players. What do you make of the week's major storylines?

  • Which of these was the most surprising outcome of Week 2?

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  • Which of these 2-0 teams is most for real?

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  • Which of these 0-2 teams has been most disappointing?

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  • Is Andrew Luck an elite quarterback?

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  • When both are healthy, who should be Washington's starting quarterback?

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  • What is Robert Griffin III's NFL future?

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  • Some Chargers suggested Richard Sherman was "exposed" as a cornerback during Sunday's 30-21 Seahawks loss. Was he?

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  • How worried should Seahawks fans be about their team giving up 30 points to the Chargers on Sunday?

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  • Should the Giants bench Eli Manning?

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  • Which game is more indicative of the Cowboys this season?

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  • Will the Lions (1-1) make the playoffs?

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  • Are the Panthers (2-0) legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • How worried should Saints fans be about their 0-2 start?

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  • The Saints were the overwhelming preseason favorites in the NFC South. Has their 0-2 start and the Panthers' 2-0 start changed your opinion on who will win the division?

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  • What do you make of the Ravens' 26-6 win over the Steelers on Thursday night?

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  • Is Steve Smith still an elite receiver?

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The #NFLRank Top 10s are here, with Calvin Johnson leading the way on offense and J.J. Watt on defense. How do these players stack up overall? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

NFLRank Top Players

Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

NFLRank -- Defense: 10

Drew Brees

Drew Brees

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

NFLRank -- Offense: 7

A.J. Green

A.J. Green

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

NFLRank -- Offense: 6

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

NFLRank -- Offense: 5

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson

NFLRank -- Offense: 9

Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson

NFLRank -- Defense: 8

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

NFLRank -- Offense: 1

Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis

NFLRank -- Defense: 5

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

NFLRank -- Defense: 4

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

NFLRank -- Defense: 2

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

NFLRank -- Offense: 3

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

NFLRank -- Defense: 3

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

NFLRank -- Offense: 8

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

NFLRank -- Defense: 1

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

NFLRank -- Offense: 4

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